Author: coxy

  • “You can’t add privacy”

    “You can’t add privacy”

    Long-time readers of my blog might remember that I’ve posted before about cryptocurrency and, more specifically, the privacy-focused coin Zcash. Zooko, one of the founding members of Zcash, gave an interview recently at Orchard VPN’s Priv8 – a virtual conference on digital privacy. The complete 20 min talk titled ‘Is financial privacy possible on the […]

  • A typeface based on tarot

    A typeface based on tarot

    I discovered this font inspired by the Tarot de Marseille recently. It’s called Basteleur and looks pretty cool. It was an instant download for me and I’ll keep it in my back pocket for a future design project. Velvetyne Type Foundry (VTF) have been designing and distributing free and open source typefaces since 2010 and […]

  • Tailored faux leather blazer

    Tailored faux leather blazer

    My wife told me I should get a leather suit. No doubt this was a reaction to her celeb crush Harry Styles sporting a fancy Gucci leather suit recently whilst performing with Devonté Hynes. Well, let me tell you, I met Dev back in 2005 when he was a depressed emo playing in the band […]

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    Spring has sprung and the coldest days are behind us. At least, I hope so. It was chilly but sunny over the weekend and I relished the chance to get out the house after spending way too much time indoors, due to the combination of being in the middle of a pandemic and having a […]

  • mastodon.scot — a social network for Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    mastodon.scot — a social network for Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    If you’re looking for an alternative to Twitter, you don’t need to look further than Mastodon. But, if you live or come from Scotland, then you might want to join your fellow country-folk on a social network for Scotland. mastodon.scot is a bilingual online community, inviting Scottish folk to sign up and chat with the […]

  • I’ve ‘read’ 3 books in 2021.

    I’ve ‘read’ 3 books in 2021.

    Despite my last post about readng – a social network for book lovers, I must hold my hands up and admit that I am actually terrible at reading books. Put a screen in front of me and I can read news and social media on the internet for hours. Wave an interesting-looking book in my […]

  • Forget GoodReads, what are you readng?

    Forget GoodReads, what are you readng?

    Before you comment telling me I fucked up in the title of this post; I didn’t. That’s because this post is about the website readng. It’s an alternative to Amazon-owned GoodReads for those that aren’t good at spellng. Aziz Firat, an ex-colleague of mine from my days at Opera Software and current Lead Designer at […]

  • How to find and join new Matrix chat rooms

    How to find and join new Matrix chat rooms

    I run a Matrix chat server for my friends, family, and friends-of-friends. I called it Gossip Land and whilst there are a few different apps you can use to join a Matrix server, Element is a good starting point. You can grab an account on the main Matrix server, meaning your username will be @username:matrix.org […]

  • toot.wales — a social network for Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    toot.wales — a social network for Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    If you’re looking for an alternative to Twitter, you don’t need to look further than Mastodon. But, if you live or come from Wales, then you might want to join your fellow country-folk on a social network for Wales. toot.wales (or Tŵt Cymru) is a bilingual online community, inviting Welsh folk to sign up and […]

  • Is a football shirt mystery box worth the money?

    Is a football shirt mystery box worth the money?

    If you’d have asked me what a football shirt mystery box was last week, I probably couldn’t have told you. But I do love a good football shirt as much as I love a game of Football Manager. Especially some of the old Umbro kits. Classic football shirts have become increasingly popular over the past […]

  • Top 100 albums of 2020

    Top 100 albums of 2020

    Independent record store Piccadilly Records published their end-of-year review, in which the staff plucked out a comprehensive top 100 albums of 2020. In a repeat of last year, I’ve flicked through all 100 albums and selected one track from each release to make the Apple Music playlist: 🎙️ Piccadilly Records: Top 100 Albums of 2020 […]

  • 21.1.21 21:11

    21.1.21 21:11

    Just a few days ago, my wife and I went to hospital and she pushed out our first child; Molly Dorthea Vestengen-Cox. She’s beautiful. She’s perfect. Everything went amazingly well. I’m so proud of my wife, and so happy to be a dad. For those that love a bit of numerology, all the twos and […]

  • Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Manchester

    Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Manchester

    I recently discovered the TV show Britain’s Most Historic Towns (The TVDB) and the latest episode in the series focused on my home city; Manchester. It’s a really fun, educational series to watch and I recommend that you spend at least 45 mins with this latest episode. As part of the episode, they even take […]

  • FM21 Touch

    FM21 Touch

    As you may recall, I am a Football Manager in my spare time. Not a real one, but one limited to digital escapades. And, from big screen to medium screen, I recently purchased Football Manager 2021 Touch Edition for my iPad. The layout of the smaller-screen app is familiar to the big-computer version, but different […]

  • Ooblets

    Ooblets

    Really enjoying playing through Ooblets right now. Everything about the game is so cute and it’s fun to wander around the in-game land. Ooblets is sort of a mash-up between Animal Crossing and Pokémon in the sense of it happening in a little town, where you own and maintain a house and farmland, but also […]